Tesla Crash Backfires on Self-Driving Opponents

Tesla Sued Because Insane Mode is Too Slow

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Tesla Crash Backfires on Self-Driving Opponents

Teslas are known for delivering an exhilarating driving experience. You’ll find videos of people gleefully showing off how impressive their cars are as their friends squeal with delight. It looks pretty darn fun, but there are some customers who think it’s too darn slow, and they filed a lawsuit over the matter.

The suit was filed in Norway by 126 owners of the Tesla Model S P85D who claim it doesn’t have the horsepower promised. It’s supposed to deliver 700 horsepower, but they say their cars are only pumping out 469 horsepower. These owners are seeking unspecified reimbursement according to Kaspar N. Thommessen, their attorney at Wikborg Rein.

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Tesla, of course, says the claims are unfounded and that the car has the specified horsepower using the measurement methods used by authorities. Its Insane Mode is exactly as insane as billed, or so they say. Hearings in the case will happen in an Oslo court this coming December.

Norway is a huge market for Tesla since the country is so heavily vested in electric cars. Government subsidies make electric cars affordable, so having a bunch of Tesla owners claiming that all is not is promised could be an issue for the company beyond solely the financial outlay to those 126 owners. If there’s a perception that Tesla is fudging the numbers, then people in Norway and elsewhere might not be so anxious to own one.

This isn’t the first time Tesla has been in trouble in Norway. The country’s Consumer Disputes Commission decided in June that five owners of the P85D who complained about poor acceleration should be reimbursed roughly $7,500 each. That’s not much of a payout when customers shelled out over $100,000 for these cars in the first place.

It’s been a rough few months for Tesla. Their AutoPilot semi-autonomous driving feature is getting criticism after several accidents and a fatality while it was in use. This led to one of their suppliers, Mobileye, pulling out of their partnership over safety concerns.

More recently, hackers accessed a Model S from 12 miles away gaining control of the car’s brakes. They also messed with the wipers, door locks, and even the trunk. Tesla was fortunate that the team who found the vulnerability chose to send the results to Tesla so a security patch could be quickly issued. Norway’s frustrated Tesla owners is yet another obstacle in Tesla’s quest to make electric vehicles the cars of the future.

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Nicole Wakelin

Nicole Wakelin